Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 31: Tens of thousands of people on Wednesday offered 'Bali' to propitiate their forefathers on the occasion of 'Karkidaka Vavu' at various temple ghats and beaches across Kerala.
Devotees thronged to several temples and ghats including the Parasuramaswamy temple at Thiruvallam, Aruvikkara and the Shanghumughom beach, the Janardhanaswamy Temple at Varkala, banks of river in Periyar at Aluva, Bharathapuzha at Thirunavaya in Malappuram, Nagambadom Mahadevar temple in Kottayam, since early this morning.
'Travancore Devaswom Board,' the temple administration body in Kerala had made elaborate arrangements for the 'Vavu Bali'.
'Vavu Bali' or 'Karkidaka Vavu Bali' is a ritual dedicated to dead ancestors performed by Hindus in Kerala in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam, the last month of Malayalam calendar.
It is an important Hindu religious observance performed in honour of the forefathers in the state and other South Indian states.
According to the Hindu custom, if a member in the family dies, the younger ones in the family have to perform 'Bali' (also called Pithru Tharpanam) to make the soul get eternal peace.
In Kerala, people believe that the dead ancestors pay visit to homes on the 'Karkidaka Vavu' day. Therefore, people prepare and offer 'Ada' (a sweet made of rice) to the departed souls.
It is believed that performing Bali Tharpanam on Karkidaka Vavu day will help appease the souls of ancestors and bring good fortunes and prosperity. (UNI)